BiologyOur Savior and Our Executioner: Evolutionary Standoffs Between Infectious Disease and Genetic Disorders
Genetic susceptibility to infection refers to how an individual’s genes influence their likelihood of contracting infection or the likelihood of a severe reaction. Included are three examples of inherited genetic diseases that one would not have expected to persist in human populations (without modern medical care) for as long as they have, that have also been associated with conferring a benefit by reducing susceptibility to an infectious disease.
November 16, 2020
BiologyMicrobiome Series 3/3: Microbiome & Consumer Goods
As our understanding of the microbiome increases, our ability to apply that understanding to consumer products is similarly accelerating, potentially even faster than that of the microbiome therapeutics space. In this article, we walk through some of the consumer-focused areas that are utilizing microbiome science in their products.
October 12, 2020
BiologyMicrobiome Series 2/3: Microbiome Therapeutics
Fast on the heels of understanding what makes a healthy microbiome were the many investigations of what causes an unhealthy microbiome -- and what could be done to fix it. In this post, we’ll talk about how the microbiome is being harnessed in therapeutics and healthcare.
September 14, 2020
BiologyMicrobiome Series 1/3: Introduction to the Microbiome
We know it’s all the rage; we know it’s important. But what exactly is the microbiome, and why is everyone so excited about it? This is the first in a series of three posts where I dive into what the microbiome is, why it matters, and applications of microbiome research in both therapeutics and consumer goods.
August 21, 2020
Beliefs, Ideas, OpinionsYes, I Would Take a COVID-19 Vaccine
With the rapid pace of vaccine development in the face of COVID-19, it's understandable that some people may feel reticent to volunteer for a vaccination. But the major vaccines in development are less worrisome than you think, and getting vaccinated may be the most helpful thing you can do for your community.
July 24, 2020